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Image Source: AP Photo / Sarasota Journal / John Cloud Two films about the life and death of television news anchor Christine Chubbuck premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year; the first, Christine, stars Rebecca Hall as Chubbuck and Dexter's Michael C. Hall as George Peter Ryan, Chubbuck's real-life co-worker at the station and the alleged object of her affections. It hit theaters on Oct. 14. The second, a documentary called Kate Plays Christine, follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares to play Chubbuck in a biopic about her life. While both movies aim to explain just why a 29-year-old journalist with her entire life ahead of her would commit suicide during a live news broadcast, the real story of Chubbuck's actions might leave you more rattled than you're ready for. Christine Chubbuck was born in Hudson, Oh, in 1944. She had two brothers, George and Tim. While attending the Laurel »
- Brittney Stephens
Chicago – It’s Week One of the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, and with so many film opportunities to experience, what are some of the highlights? The intrepid film reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com has been sampling the cinema fare for the first week, and offers the following capsule summaries.
HollywoodChicago.com reviewers Jon Espino (Je) and Patrick McDonald (Pm) has taken in the previews, and offer these recommendations for the first week of the festival. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.
“The Confessions” (Italy/France)
’The Confessions,’ Directed by Roberto Ando
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
The world is in fiscal meltdown, and a G8 summit of the world’s greatest economists is taking place in a remote coastal resort in Germany. One of economists has invited an Italian monk to the meetings, in order to make a confession. When that vital world leader turns up dead the next morning, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The latest Brooklyn Nine-Nine guest star already knows his way around a TV precinct house.
Jimmy Smits, who spent five seasons playing a cop on NYPD Blue, will guest star as Amy Santiago’s father on the Nov. 22 episode of Fox’s police comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the Thanksgiving-themed episode, Mr. Santiago is a retired cop who loves his daughter very much… and a guy Jake wants to impress very much. (Yeah, good luck with that, Jake.)
If you want to set a groovy mood while watching Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD this Halloween season, then you're in luck, because we've been provided with two Ash vs Evil Dead candles to give away to a pair of lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Ash vs Evil Dead candle (see image below).
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Ash vs Evil Dead Candle Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 17th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
From the Press Release: “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the 10-episode half-hour Starz Original series, is the long-awaited »
- Derek Anderson
Earlier today at the New York Comic Con, Marvel released a brand new trailer for their upcoming Netflix show, Iron Fist. Starring Finn Jones as the titular hero, this is our first proper look at the series and we must say, it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Focusing mostly on the origins of the character, the intriguing preview paints a picture of what we can expect from the highly anticipated show, not to mention it teases some incredible looking action (like that hallway fight scene). At only roughly a minute or so in length, there’s not a whole lot to digest here, but given that this is our first real trailer for the series, we’ll take what we can get. There are also some nods to The Defenders sprinkled throughout, which is nice to see.
Speaking of which, Marvel announced that Sigourney Weaver will have a role in the upcoming superhero team-up. »
- Mark Cassidy
RelatedThe Last Ship‘s Renewal Extended Through Season 5
Filmdom’s erstwhile Robocop will recur during Season 4 of the TNT action-drama as Dr. Paul Vellek, a world-renowned authority in genetic modification and plant biotechnology. Vellek’s expertise will play a critical role in the latest mission for the Nathan James and her crew.
RelatedLast Ship Boss Breaks Down Finale’s Big Death and [Spoiler]’s Exit, Teases Season 4 Time Jump
Mike Colter’s Luke Cage is, unsurprisingly, the talk of the town on the heels of last week’s premiere. Buoyed by a strong debut in last year’s Jessica Jones, we learned just recently that Marvel and Netflix reshuffled their slate so that Cage leaped ahead of Iron Fist, the standalone series designed to introduce viewers to the fourth and final member of The Defenders. But Danny Rand’s time will come – and soon.
That’s because Marvel and Netflix have now pegged Iron Fist for premiere on March 17, 2017, unveiling the show’s all-new teaser coupled with a shot of Finn Jones’ would-be master of kung fu in action. Unlike the trailer that emerged during San Diego Comic-Con, the snippet below is more a means of unveiling that all-important release date than anything else.
But to get you up to speed, Iron Fist follows Jones’ Danny Rand, a young »
- Michael Briers
Dexter is turning 10. Yes, your favorite serial killer—hey, he had a code, he only killed bad people—debuted on October 1, 2006. "Wow, 10 years. It's amazing," Michael C. Hall says in the exclusive retrospective above. "People often come up and say, 'Hey man, favorite serial killer,' and it's like, 'Do you have a list?'" Hey man, don't judge people who are crushin' on Dexter Morgan. "In the first season it was just so deliciously awkward and tense and brutal. We were doing something that hadn't quite been done: inviting people to root for a serial killer," he says. To celebrate Dexter's big birthday, Showtime is airing a »
Trammell will play Ben, the frontman of a blues-and-jazz band, according to The Hollywood Reporter; his character will debut later this season. No word on whether Ben will appear in the present-day storylines or in the 1980s flashbacks with parents Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore).
RelatedThis Is Us Recap: Power of Three
Of course, Trammell is still best known to TV fans as shape-shifter Sam Merlotte from True Blood, »
Paris-set Series Mania Festival, one of the highest-profile TV events in Europe, is teaming with the Torino Film Lab to tackle the central challenge of Europe’s fiction TV industry: Screenplays.
SeriesLab, the new joint mentoring program for TV series writers, will see the writers and creators of nine new series at early development stage and which are at least six-episodes long attending a fee-paying training scheme run by the Torino Film Lab from January through April at residencies in Spain, Italy and France, where they will receive personalised mentorship from experienced writers and tutors, Series Mania announced Wednesday. The nine projects will then be presented at Series Mania’s 2017 Co-production Forum. Selected projects do not require a producer to be attached.
Adding further industry heft to the Series Mania Festival, the Co-Production Forum will be extended from three to four days, for its 2017 edition, running April 18-21. The 8th Series Mania Festival will take place over »
- John Hopewell
Shortly after Jessica Jones aired on Netflix late last year, a second season was announced but we still don’t have a release date. As far as we can tell, it will be out after The Defenders and possibly before the third season of Daredevil, but what can we expect?
“[Jessica] was kind of messed up even before Kilgrave came along and so in Season Two we can explore what’s possible for her moving forward,” Jessica Jones‘ showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told Empire. “I learned from working on Dexter that you can advance the character, but you never want to cure the character…that trauma is a huge part of who she is now.”
Rosenberg also confirmed that Luke Cage would not feature in the second season, which halts any plans they may have had to reflect their relationship from the comics. But that doesn’t mean Jones can’t have »
- Luke Owen
Going into Jessica Jones last year, I had some very real fears. Yes, I was excited to get another Marvel/Netflix series. Daredevil had turned out exceptional, and I had no reason to expect anything different from Jessica Jones. My biggest fear, however, was that Jessica Jones would feel far too similar to Daredevil -- that they would feel like they were cut from the same cloth. They were both shows that took place in the seedy underbelly of New York City, after all, and at the end of the day, how different could these shows be? And they were only two of four planned series. I wasn't sure I could take four of the same type of shows set in the same world.
Luckily for me, what I got was a very different series. Rather than focus on punch-drunk hand-to-hand combat and general vigilante activities, Jessica Jones focused on »
- Joseph Medina
Across 13 episodes in season 1, Jessica Jones ultimately found the strength to confront her tormentor and take him down for good in the season finale. However, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg promises that just because Killgrave is gone, it doesn't mean that Jessica will suddenly be cured of all of her personal demons. "I learned from working on Dexter that you can advance the character, but you never want to cure the character. With Dexter, the moment he felt guilt or accepted that he was 'bad,' the show's over. He's no longer a sociopath. The equivalent for us would be if Jessica somehow recovered from the damage that had been done to her. People don't just heal, you don't go through that just to say, 'Oh, he got arrested, he's in jail, I'm Ok now. ' That trauma is a huge part of who she is now." Rosenberg went on to add »
Brooke Shields' first regular TV series kicked off 20 years ago, today. Starring Shields as title character, Gate columnist Susan Keane, Suddenly Susan premiered on NBC, Thursday, September 19, 1996.Created by Dexter's Clyde Phillips, it would run for four seasons before being cancelled. The sitcom also starred Nestor Carbonell, Kathy Griffen, Barbara Barrie, Judd Nelson, David Strickland, Andrea Bendewald. Read More… »
You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? Hollywood’s double vision? It’s a tendency that so often results in two duelling features emerging into the limelight that center on the same subject matter, and can range from fantastical adventures (Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) to more action-oriented spectacle (White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen). At Sundance Film Festival, it occurred again, and this time involves two pictures based on the life and times of Christine Chubbuck.
On this occasion, it is director Antonio Campos that is behind the lens, placing Rebecca Hall in the role of former Florida news reporter Christine Chubbuck. It’s pegged for release in early October, with today’s reveal trailer showcasing Chubbuck’s spiral into depression that would result in her infamous suicide circa 1974. Harrowing stuff, but it does include a standout performance from Hall, who unfairly missed out »
- Michael Briers
Hellblazer fans rejoice, as Warner Bros. has announced the upcoming release of Constantine: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th. Check out the cover art, followed by the full press release and special features below…
Based on the wildly popular DC character, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to Hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil…until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.
With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world, and send »
- Gary Collinson
Darkness is rising, demons are everywhere … and one man stands between humanity and its worst nightmares: John Constantine. Warner Archive Collection (Wac) and DC Entertainment bring the live-action television series, Constantine: The Complete Series, to Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 4, 2016 via WBshop.com, Amazon and popular online retailers.
Based on the wildly popular DC character, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to Hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil … until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, »
- Robert Greenberger
Back in 2014, occult detective John Constantine leapt from the comic book page to the small screen in NBC's Constantine TV series. While the show only lasted one season, it garnered a loyal following of fans who can enjoy the series in its entirety this October when Warner Archive Collection and DC Entertainment release Constantine: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD:
Press Release: Darkness is rising, demons are everywhere … and one man stands between humanity and its worst nightmares: John Constantine. Warner Archive Collection (Wac) and DC Entertainment bring the live-action television series, Constantine: The Complete Series, to Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 4, 2016 via WBshop.com, Amazon and popular online retailers.
Based on the wildly popular DC character, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: CBS has put in development Body Politic, a procedural drama from former Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, (500) Days of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb and Dark Horse Entertainment. Written by Gussis and Dark Horse Svp production Keith Goldberg, Body Politic is inspired by the work of real-life D.C. examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell. It follows a newly minted, brutally honest female chief medical examiner in Washington D.C. who gets… »
AMC has closed the kitchen on “Feed the Beast,” after one season, Variety has learned.
The show, starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess, centers around two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. Clyde Phillips (“Dexter,” “Nurse Jackie”) created the series.
“We have great respect and admiration for the entire team associated with ‘Feed the Beast’, starting with Clyde Phillips, David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess and our studio partner, Lionsgate. We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with them and appreciative of their talents, dedication and care. Unfortunately, the show simply didn’t achieve the results needed to move forward with a second season,” AMC said in a statement, released to Variety.
Despite the star power in “Friends” alum Schwimmer, who came fresh off of the buzzy “People V. O.J. Simpson »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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